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Unformatted text preview: Guidance on the Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed Tech) Program U.S. Department of Education March 11, 2002 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 A. Goals and Purposes of the Ed Tech Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 B. Federal Awards to States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 C. State Application Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 D. State Uses of Funds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 E. Ed Tech Formula Grants to LEAs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 F. Ed Tech Competitive Grants to Eligible Local Entities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 G. Local Application Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 H. Local Uses of Funds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 I. Ed Tech Accountability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 J. State Application Approval Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 K. Internet Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 L. Equitable Participation of Private School Students and Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 M. Impact of Various Flexibility Provisions on Ed Tech Funds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 2 Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed Tech) Program Introduction On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110). The legislation, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), provides increased flexibility and local control to States and school districts, emphasizes strong accountability for results, offers expanded options for parents of disadvantaged children, and supports teaching methods that have a solid scientific research foundation. (The legislation is available on the U.S. Department of Educations website at http://www.ed.gov under the heading Presidents and Secretarys Priorities.) The reauthorized ESEA establishes the Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed Tech) Program, which consolidates the current Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (TLCF) Program and the Technology Innovative Challenge Grant Program into a single State formula grant program (ESEA Title II, Part D, Subpart 1). The primary goal of the Ed Tech program is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools. It is also designed to assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every...
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